an image of a city in Italy in heavy rainfall, there are large umbrellas over tables and chairs, tarpaulins over street furniture, and a small crowd of people gathered in a shop entrance

Antony Barkworth-Knight, Homage to the Rain, 2019, Digital video (still) Courtesy the artist.

Antony Barkworth-Knight, Homage to the Rain, 2019

Artist: Antony Barkworth-Knight, with musicians Rob Turner, Sam Healey, Conor Miller and digital strategist Rebecca Rae-Evans.

Title: Homage to the Rain

Year: 2019

Medium: digital video

Dimensions: 12 mins duration

Accession Number: TBC

Acquisition info: Co-commission with Quays Culture for Lightwaves Festival 2019

Homage to the Rain is an artist’s film which celebrates rain around the globe and explores how we react to it and how it changes our lives. Including video clips from every world continent, the film was produced via an open call online for contributors to send mobile phone clips of local rainfall.

The short looped film is set to an original score by musicians Rob Turner (of Manchester jazz group Gogo Penguin), Sam Healey and Conor Miller.

“Through the prism of the phenomena of rainfall we will see how people are living around the world in 2019; what are our homes like? What environments do we live in? Our clothes, our culture, our surrounding landscape, our way of life. How is this transformed when it rains?” – Rebecca Rae-Evans, digital strategist for Homage to the Rain.

For more insights to the project, read our guest blog post with Antony Barkworth-Knight here.

Homage to the Rain was co-commissioned for the Collection with Quays Culture. The film premiered at Lightwaves Festival, Salford Quays, in December 2019.